Release dates, price drops, updates, and more
The GeForce GTX 780 Ti will be available on Nov. 7 at $699 as part of Nvidia’s “The Way It’s Meant to be Played Holiday Bundle with Shield” promotion. Starting tomorrow, the GTX 780 will drop to $499 and the GTX 770 will drop to $329. Buy a 780 Ti, 780, or 770 and you’ll get Batman: Arkham Origins, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for free. You’ll also get a $100 coupon towards the Shield.
Nvidia has also launched GeForce Experience 1.7 which introduces GeForce ShadowPlay, Nvidia’s attempt at a gameplay recorder. The promises include minimal impact on in-game framerates and built-in H.264 encoding. Similar to the features provided by the next gen consoles, ShadowPlay can also be configured to constantly record all of your gameplay, automatically saving 10-20 minutes of 1080p footage to a temporary file that you can permanently save at a whim. One curious complication is the twenty minute limit for continuous footage. The update also includes optimal settings for 4K resolutions in supported games, the 1.0 release of GameStream, and the Geforce GTX LED Visualizer which lets you control the LEDs on certain Nvidia GPUs.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, Nvidia has also updated the Shield with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. New features include Console Mode which lets you pair a controller with the Shield, “turning it into a living room game console,” and the ability to create custom controls for Android games.